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Day 353: 12 days of christmas :: i believe! i believe! i believe!

20 Dec

I sit here tonight ruminating on the word BELIEVE.
Tis the season I suppose. 

It is 5 days until Christmas — otherwise known as the season of believin’.

Primarily believing in faith:

…that a rather large man in a red, shiny suit will shimmy his way down the chimney.

…that an Elf has nothing better to do than sit on a shelf.

…that the world will not end on 12/21/12.

believe, the promise 365, jamie eslinger

Today as I stood in an excruciatingly long line at Traders Joe’s I became increasingly annoyed at how long it was taking to just check out already!

I looked at the check-out lane next to me and saw it was open.

Opportunity!

As I made my move a cart rolled in and took the free and open spot.

Phooey!

As the smoke poured out my ears I looked ahead in line to see what was a matter.  What could be the hold up?

Turns out it was a frail, elderly woman and her husband.

They were almost five feet tall (almost!) all hunched over and barely able to peer over the credit card swipe machine. The kind and patient woman who worked for Trader Joe’s sweetly talked to the elderly couple as they SLOWLY paid for their goods.

  • She asked them how long they lived in the area.
  • She asked them what they were doing for the holidays.
  • She asked them how long they had been married.

By the time they paid for their groceries, filled up their cart and wheeled away, I watched three people check out in the line next to me.

But I learned more about this little old couple in those ten minutes than I know about my own neighbors.

  • They have lived in Hanover for their entire lives. 
  • They are having their children home for the holidays. 
  • They have been married 50 years. 

Just watching this kind cashier soak in and celebrate this elderly couple’s life restored my faith in humanity.

It jettisoned my faith in a friendly neighborhood place to shop.

And reminded me how important it is to slow down and listen.

As I paid for my groceries the woman in line behind me smiled at our cashier and said, “Thank you for taking the time to take care of them, we will all be their age someday.”

She is so right.
We will all be there someday.

And that gives me even more reason to believe: 

In our neighbors.
In ourselves.
In our world.

And…

…that a rather large man in a red, shiny suit will shimmy his way down the chimney.

…that an Elf has nothing better to do than sit on a shelf.

…that the world will not end on 12/21/12.

Because every good action begins with a good reason.
Faith.
And love.

I believe.

Happy holidays.

Lovemore,
Jamie

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